When we moved to west Texas a few years ago, it was a big hassle and expensive. I was amazed that, through it all, God protected our little emergency fund. I praised Him as Provider and Sustainer and all kinds of other wonderful words.
Then the air conditioner went out.
Boy, did my tune ever change!
I was afraid – after all, my little fund was empty. What if something happened?
I got mad. How could God let this happen? He knew it was my security blanket.
I was a bit fickle: love Him, love Him not.
Then, when I read the chapters in Matthew about Jesus’ crucifixion, I heard God whisper, “Sound familiar?”
“Of course not,” I stammered.
Well, think again!
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!" Matthew 22:9
Why were the people praising Jesus as though He were a hero?
He was their security blanket!
- He was going to throw out the terrible Roman oppressors.
- He was going to make Israel a super-power.
- He was going to give them all they needed.
Then He was arrested.
That wasn’t supposed to happen.
Their tone changed.
They were afraid and got angry – angry enough to want Him killed.
"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!" "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" Matthew 27:22-23
Why did the same people who shouted “Hosanna!” cry “Crucify him!” a few days later?
Jesus failed them. Kings don’t allow themselves to be arrested. Kings overthrow the Romans, not submit to scourging and mockery.
Hmm…I did recognize myself in the crowd.
As long as He does what I want, I sing his praises at the top of my voice.
But, when difficulty comes, I get angry
He’s not who I thought He was. He’s let me down.
Am I so different than the crowd who shouted, “Crucify him!”?
I can rationalize that my situation isn’t as extreme. I didn’t actually wanted Him dead
I just wanted Him to meet my expectations. Nothing so terrible about that, is there?
Just like that crowd, I totally missed the point.
- Jesus didn’t come to pay all my bills and to fill my emergency fund.
- He came to pay the price for my sin, to cleanse me, and to fill me with the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus didn’t come to be my earthly security blanket.
- He came to give me the security of eternal life with Him.
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Praise the Lord! He gives me above all I can ask or imagine!
My pathetic expectations fade from sight and all I can do is shout,